Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Experiments & Activities

Other mom bloggers inspire me so much. I am so thankful for the community of mommas I'll probably never meet face to face.

Mom and Kiddo did the following experiment and you can go to her blog for details.  The basic premise of this experiment is gas.  

Gas is great for boys, anyway you blow it.

Above he's scooping baking soda into a balloon then we put it on a bottle that had 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water.
He asked, "Is it going to ka-splode?"  He likes for things to explode, as long as it's not too loud.

Then we observed the other gassy bottle: yeast, sugar and water.  Kinda boring.
Of course he moved to further experimentation with soda and vinegar.  Good times.  My kitchen smells like vinegar now.
The next activity was inspired by The Wonder Years.  

You see, Mr. Intensity needs practice stirring.  He loves to help in the kitchen but can be a bit, ahem, zealous.  Vigor is a good thing but can be a bit messy frustrating creative.  Some days I don't have time for creative.

This activity concentrates on controlled stirring.
and then shaking with a sieve.  Which is a bit boring on the heels of explosions.

[Note to self: do boring activities first.]
He did it once and was done.  The cornmeal was poured onto the tray and he traced for 30 seconds.
In the bottom left of the picture you can see the yeast balloon is finally full of gas.


John and Pam said...

That is so funny! I like it that you can laugh at his boredom over something you gave your all to do! Also, at least the vinegar smell is better than cigarette smoke as far as smells go.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Kiddo found the yeast balloon boring too. Except for the shaking part, of course. That he did with vigor.

Leptir said...

This is fun!I'll try it with my group in kindergarten.


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